Axios co-founder blames Fox News, Rush Limbaugh for red states not locking down sooner in response to COVID-19

Axios co-founder and editor Jim VandeHei says that Fox News and political commentator Hurry Limbaugh are to blame for what he considers to be the substandard pink states’ reaction to COVID-19.

What are the facts?

VandeHei appeared on Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, exactly where he blasted Republican governors for their reaction to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.

On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) requested a statewide shutdown soon after going through criticism from some quarters that he waited also very long to do so.

At the time of this composing, at the very least 7,773 situations of COVID-19 instances have been verified in Florida, and at the very least 101 have died due to the fact of the virus.

Addressing DeSantis’ reluctance to difficulty a statewide keep-at-residence purchase sooner — as very well as other lawmakers’ identical actions — VandeHei claimed, “What you might be seeing below, and this is a bigger problem for society, is information and facts inequality. Like, why DeSantis do what he did? Why did Ga wait around so long?”

VandeHei reported that it was due to the fact they had been obtaining their data from President Donald Trump, Fox News, and Hurry Limbaugh.

“It can be mainly because they ended up listening to President Trump up until the previous 5 or 6 times. They had been looking at Fox Information and listening to Hurry Limbaugh,” he complained. “They had been adhering to conservatives on Twitter or social media, all of whom ended up downplaying this. The facts was there, but in that info bubble, they have been mainly finding a whole lot of kind of sound and news air pollution.

“It has enormous implications,” he explained, “for the reason that all of these [preventative] actions could have been accomplished months in the past, surely could have been done months in the past.

“You will find however a ton of garbage out there,” VandeHei extra. “[Some conservatives] are however spreading nonsense.”

You can observe online video of VandeHei’s exchange with “Early morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarbrough and Mika Brzezinski listed here.

(H/T: Mediaite)